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Sand Dollar Cookie recipe

Check out this simple Sand Dollar Cookie recipe!


  • 1 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs whole
  • 2 eggs separated, yolks in one bowl and whites in another
  • 2 TSP vanilla extract
  • 2 pinches of kosher salt
  • 3 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 TSP baking powder
  • cinnamon sugar, this gets sprinkled on top
  • sliced almonds


  • Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and powdered sugar; mix until very creamy.
  • Add the 2 whole eggs and 2 yolks only, reserve the whites for later from the egg separation above. Beat until well combined.
  • Add vanilla and salt, blend well.
  • Add flour and baking powder, stir until the dough is very soft.
  • Form a ball with the dough, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Roll out dough to 1/4" thick on a floured surface and cut out 2 5/8” circles.
  • Brush the circles with the reserved egg whites.
  • Sprinkle each circle lightly with cinnamon sugar and press 5 almond slices into the center of each circle to make a sand dollar.
  • Bake at 350° F for 3 minutes.
  • After 3 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and press the almonds in again, making slight indentations in the circle.
  • Add more cinnamon at this point too, if need be, to adjust the overall coloring of the final cookie.
  • Place the baking sheet back in the oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, another 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let them rest on a baking sheet for 3 minutes.
  • Transfer to cooling racks to cool completely.